By: Steve Dellar | 06-12-2018 | News
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Italy – Experts Admit “Salvini Won” As Refugee Boat Carrying 600 Diverts To Spain

The standoff between Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini and an NGO that wanted to originally dock a refugee ship carrying 629 African immigrants in Sicily has resulted in a major victory for the rightwing leader of the Lega Nord as the ship called Aquarius was diverted to Spain late yesterday evening, after Malta had also refused to take it.

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By now, Europe realizes that the new populist government in Italy will take a hardline approach when it comes to refugees and migrants.

Mr Salvini: “We have opened a front in Brussels. We are contacting the European Commission so that it can fulfill its duties towards Italy that have never been respected.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">So proud of the LEGA and <a href="">@matteosalvinimi</a> for having the moral courage to stop the people trafficking madness across the Med. NGOs are complicit. When you follow the money ALL roads lead to Rome <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) <a href="">June 11, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The news came after Spain’s new socialist Prime Minister Mr. Sanchez agreed to let the Aquarius board in the port of Valencia whilst Malta would let it stop there to load up supplies for the trip to Spain first.

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Malta’s prime minister, Mr. Joseph Muscat, thanked Spain for accepting to let the Acquarius set sail to its Valencia port. At the same time though, the Maltese Prime Minister said that “Italy broke international rules and caused a standoff. We will have to sit down and discuss how to prevent this from happening again. This is a European issue.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Fulvio Vassallo, a professor of international law from the University of Palermo, admitted that this “could be the end of humanitarian rescue operations at sea. Salvini won and his victory will have a serious impact on the migrant crisis.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">“We will not turn Italy into a huge refugee camp” - Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini</p>&mdash; Jack Posobiec🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) <a href="">June 11, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Some 600,000 people reached Italy from Africa by boat in the past five years. Mr. Salvini had promised to act on this as soon as he would be elected and is so far keeping his promise. Whilst many gladly accepted Spain’s offer to help, they also warn that the Iberian peninsula is currently not equipped to deal with great numbers of migrants arriving.


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Rockie No. 28488 2018-06-12 : 09:25

An immigrant problem? That is what they said when they invaded France, England and Germany and they have all but destroyed those countries with terrorism, rape etc. Call it what it really is, an invasion of illegal aliens.

Anonymous No. 28509 2018-06-12 : 14:30

Its becoming unpopular to try to offload rapeugees almost anywhere. Even their own country doesn't want them back.

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